No Sepang race for hurt Lorenzo

2011-10-18 08:30

MELBOURNE, Australia - Former motorcycling World champion Jorge Lorenzo's surgery on a severe finger injury he sustained in a crash in the warm-up for the Australian GP was successful but the Spaniard will miss this weekend's race in Sepang.

His Yamaha team said Lorenzo was ruled out of Sunday's race at Phillip Island and taken to a Melbourne hospital for plastic surgery on the finger, effectively ending the Spaniard's slim hopes of defending his MotoGP title.


Honda rider Casey Stoner sealed the championship with his fifth consecutive victory on home soil.

"The surgeon was able to save the nerves and tendons of the injured fourth finger so no function will be lost in either the finger or the hand," Yamaha said. "Unfortunately an extended recovery time will be required so Jorge will not race in Sepang. A decision on the Valencia GP will be made depending on Jorge's condition after his return to Barcelona."

Lorenzo is still second in the MotoGP standings on 260 points, 65 behind new champion Stoner.

Third-placed Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso is 48 points behind of Lorenzo.